PM SHRI School: The Government will select up to two schools, including one primary and one secondary or post-secondary school, in each block.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
NEW DELHI: More than 55,000 schools have applied for the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI Schools) Yojana, the Education Ministry said. Launched on November 3, the PM SHRI scheme aims to upgrade 14,500 schools in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
These schools will be digitally equipped and the pedagogy adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic, integrated and student-centered, the ministry said. Kendriya Vidyalaya (KVS), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVS), Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and all 29 states and union territories have signed up to the scheme and a total of 55,564 schools have applied so far, he said.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced in June 2022 that the government plans to set up PM SHRI schools and said it will be a “laboratory for NEP”. Later, on Teacher’s Day 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially announced PM SHRI as the school for the rise of India (PM SHRI) and was cleared by the cabinet on 7 September.
The Prime Minister announced that 14,500 schools in India will be developed and upgraded under the scheme. The Cabinet approved a budget of Rs 27,360 crore for renovation of PM SHRI schools over five years (between 2022-27). 18 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the scheme, Pradhan said earlier.
The government will select a maximum of two schools, including one primary and one secondary or post-secondary school, in each block. The selection will be based on 60 ‘point-based’ criteria such as drinking water, playground, boundary wall etc.
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